The passion that some of us have for astronomy can become far too expensive if we allow it to be. On the other hand, if we don't succumb to the temptations or obsessions that we are sometimes capable of, amateur astronomy can be rewarding enough on a fairly simple budget. Passion on a budget?
Of course the need or desire for basic accessories like eyepieces, although they are certainly necessary accouterments, can cloud our vision somewhat and make us crazy at times. After all, who can resist the sexy allure of a fine and hefty ocular. The world may not be the same without a Panoptic or an Ethos in our collection. There's something about a World Class eyepiece that makes us feel good, even if our telescope is middle-class.
On a budget, some folks will shell-out a few hundred on a scope, and then go over the top on acc...